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Opinion: Cue the eye rolls: this is a piece about cultural appropriation

When a handful of editors and senior staff in Canadian media took to Twitter last week to seemingly mock Indigenous peoples' concerns with cultural appropriation, it was discouraging for many like myself who are a) Indigenous, b) trying to make a living in the demanding media field and c) have seen the negative effects of appropriation through a variety of forms.

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Cultural Appropriation

11/11/2017

article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(USA) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...
article 'Indian Princess' Halloween contest photo removed after protests
(Utah) -- The sponsor of a Halloween costume contest took down a photo of the winner, a woman wearing a Native American headdress, after several people called the...
article How to become an Indigenous healer for $1,111
(Canada) -- Indigenous people from across the country were upset to learn last week that Anishinaabe ceremonies and teachings were being advertised online — for a...
article Sailor J Calls Out Native American Appropriation in Thanksgiving Parody Video
(New York) -- As Thanksgiving approaches, it's safe to say we can expect the usual onslaught of videos arriving to YouTube: the aspiring chefs creating full feast...

11/9/2017

article Independent committee looking to rename Squaw Peak
(Utah) -- A new group is beginning a push to change the name of Squaw Peak in Provo to something more honorable to Native American women. The Repeak Committee is leading...
article The man without a face: Jimmie Durham at the Whitney Museum
(New York) -- Towards the end of the American artist Jimmie Durham’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, there are three self-portraits that...

11/7/2017

article Does It Matter If Jimmie Durham, Noted Cherokee Artist, Is Not Actually Cherokee?
(New York) -- In 1986, Jimmie Durham, a young conceptual artist who had spent much of the 1970s as an activist with the American Indian Movement, was asked by the...
article Jimmie Durham at the Whitney: Cherokee artist or white imposter?
(New York) -- The Whitney Museum of American Art has just opened two complementary exhibitions. The first is a retrospective of a celebrated Native American activist/...

11/5/2017

article Faculty member condemned for wearing headdress on Halloween — even though she’s Native American
(New Mexico) -- Put this one in your peace pipe and smoke it — a Native American faculty member at the University of New Mexico has been condemned for wearing a...

10/31/2017

article Old Montreal souvenir shops awash in culturally appropriated handicrafts
(Montreal) -- Halloween is upon us, and with it the controversial topic of cultural appropriation. Walmart Canada decided to pull certain costumes deemed culturally...

10/28/2017

article BLOG: #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
(USA) -- From the editors of Urban Tribes (2015) and Dreaming in Indian (2014), this new release focuses on the strength, resilience, and pride of Indigenous women. The...
article Producer Brian Grazer Didn't Learn Chris Hemsworth's Lesson About Native American Costumes
(Hollywood) -- "Getting ready for Halloween... what do you think?!" Brian Grazer, the Oscar-winning movie producer behind critically acclaimed hits "...

10/26/2017

article OP/ED: Inappropriate Appropriation
(Massachusetts) -- “I wish I had just gotten one of the easy costumes – like Native American!” Hearing friends discuss the costumes they were assigned...

10/25/2017

article Non-Indigenous B.C. artist defends work despite calls for authenticity
(British Columbia) -- Jennifer Tosoff grew up admiring Sue Coleman's transfixing landscapes rendered with an undeniable Northwest Coast First Nations style. "I...

10/19/2017

article From ‘appropriation prize’ controversy, a new Indigenous writing award is born
(British Columbia) -- An Indigenous writing prize – originally sparked by a nasty controversy in Canadian literary circles over cultural appropriation, followed by...
article NAC launches play about Louis Riel’s right hand man
(Ottawa) -- He was known as Louis Riel’s Lieutenant during the Northwest Rebellion, but Gabriel Dumont has rarely been the subject of films, books, TV or theatre....

10/18/2017

article The Latest: 2nd defendant pleads guilty to Indian-art fraud
(New Mexico) -- A second defendant has pleaded guilty in federal court to the sale of fake Native American jewelry that was manufactured in the Philippines. The U.S....

10/16/2017

article OP/ED: This Halloween, ignore the cultural appropriation craze
(Washington) -- College administrators are attacking individual freedom by telling students what not to wear for Halloween. As the College Fix reported Monday, numerous...

10/15/2017

article Walmart Canada pulls Indigenous Halloween costumes from website
(Ontario) -- Walmart Canada has pulled a number of Halloween costumes from its website, including "native princess" and "chief," and will begin a...

10/10/2017

article B.C. race pulls 'First Nations-inspired' medal after appropriation backlash
(British Columbia) -- Organizers of a Vancouver race won't be handing out First Nations "inspired" medals it commissioned for a run this month, following a...

10/7/2017

article Texas State University sorority criticized for 'cultural stereotyping' during event
(Texas) -- A Texas State University Panhellenic sorority issued an apology after some of its members were accused of cultural appropriation and cultural stereotyping.

9/27/2017

article Versace is selling $750 'Native American' T-shirts and Twitter is furious
(Italy) -- Rarely does a Fashion Week go by that cultural appropriation doesn't grace the runways. From corn rows to dreadlocks, it happens every season like...

9/25/2017

article Seattle teen calls out her dad’s Native American art. He learns she’s right
(Washington) -- Sara Jacobsen, 19, grew up eating family dinners beneath a stunning Native American robe. Not that she gave it much thought. Until, that is, her senior...

9/19/2017

press release Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Says Wind River and Yellowstone Actress is Not Enrolled nor Descended from Tribe
(Hollywood) -- In a recent article entitled “What’s So Hard About Casting Indian Actors in Indian Roles?” published by The New York Times, it stated...

9/12/2017

article Nothing cute about it: Misnamed plush polar bear irks Inuit
(North Canada) -- When using an Inuit word to sell a product, at least translate it well. Or just don't use it all. That's how Joey Amos of Inuvik, N.W.T. feels...

9/11/2017

article Pop stars sometimes resort to cultural appropriation
(Worldwide) -- From Katy Perry saying, "I'm so obsessed I want to skin you and wear you like Versace," when talking about Japan during a 2012 Jimmy Kimmel...

9/9/2017

article Canada Council for the Arts confronts cultural appropriation in 'post-Truth and Reconciliation era'
(Quebec) -- Canada's national funding body for the arts is taking a stance against cultural appropriation — announcing this week that it's implementing a...

9/3/2017

article New Age ‘Ghost Dance’ Held in Southwest Minnesota, Indigenous People Respond
(Minnesota) -- Indigenous social media was buzzing earlier this summer about a public Facebook invitation for an approaching Ghost Dance ceremony, hosted by what...

8/28/2017

article YA Author Accused Of Lying About Credentials And His Native Heritage
(USA) -- On Aug. 10, PEN Center USA named John Smelcer’s Young Adult novel Stealing Indians as one of four finalists for the Literary Award in the YA category....

7/23/2017

article Rock Stars Who’ve Worn Native Headdresses (and Probably Shouldn’t Have)
(New York) -- The wearing of American Indian regalia by non-Indians, particularly the feather headdress or “war bonnet,” is a vexing issue in Indian country...
article Snoop Dogg Headdress Pic with ‘Knocahoe’ Comment Gets Heat on Social Media
(New York) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg got slammed on Thursday after posting a photo to social media of himself wearing a Native-style headdress. The Snoop Dogg headdress photo...

7/21/2017

article Do the laws on counterfeit Native art go far enough?
(New Mexico) -- “This guy showed me a pendant he was wearing, he’d bought it in some flea market,” Nighthorse recalled. “I looked at and said,...

7/10/2017

article Native American artists call for an end to counterfeits
(New Mexico) -- Native American artists are requesting the federal government strengthen a 1990 law that prohibits the sale of counterfeit tribal art, in an attempt to...

7/8/2017

article SHiiKANE’s New Music Video “Oga Police” is Inspired by Native American Culture
(USA) -- SHiiKANE is set to release the music video of their new single Oga Police. The theme for the shoot – ‘Native Freedom’ – was inspired by...

7/7/2017

article Native American artists call for heavier crackdown on counterfeit tribal art
(New Mexico) -- Native American artists want the federal government to step up its enforcement of a law prohibiting sales of counterfeit tribal art, saying culprits in...
article Testimony on fake Indian art highlights international threat
(New Mexico) -- The recent spread of fake Native American art and jewelry has shown the need to update how the federal government protects tribal artists from fraud that...
article OP/ED: Why It Matters That Jimmie Durham Is Not a Cherokee
(Indian Country) -- Clearly exasperated with the recent flurries of online discussion about Sam Durant’s Scaffold (2012) and now about Jimmie Durham’s...

7/3/2017

article The Gray Market: Why Jimmie Durham Could Be the Art World’s Rachel Dolezal (and Other Insights)
(USA) -- On Monday, the art industry’s latest race-based electrical fire (re-)ignited, when a collection of self-described “Cherokee artists, scholars,...

6/29/2017

article Art World Denounces Artist Jimmie Durham for Claiming to Be Cherokee
(California) -- Right after local Native tribes protested at the Walker Art Center over Sam Durant’s controversial sculpture, a new retrospective currently at the...
article Jimmie Durham Retrospective Reignites Debate Over His Claim of Native Ancestry
(Minnesota) -- The traveling retrospective Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World opened last week at the Walker Art Center. It is a massive exhibition, with nearly...

6/28/2017

article Jimmie Durham Retrospective Reignites Debate Over His Claim of Native Ancestry
(Minnesota) -- The traveling retrospective Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World opened last week at the Walker Art Center. It is a massive exhibition, with nearly...

6/27/2017

article Cherokee Artists and Curators Denounce Artist Jimmie Durham as a Fraud, Saying He ‘Is Not a Cherokee’
(Minnesota) -- Hot on the heels of the opening of Jimmie Durham’s touring retrospective at the Walker Art Center, 10 Cherokee artists, curators, and other...

6/26/2017

article Where Is the Line Between Appreciation and Appropriation?
(USA) -- The Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without...
article A Disturbing Native American Stereotype And Other Takeaways From This Week’s ‘Fear The Walking Dead’
(Hollywood) -- There are no major moments or big revelations in this week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead, “Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame.”...
article Controversy over Zia Pueblo symbol on Madison flag prompts plans to redesign
(Wisconsin) -- Concerns over the cultural appropriation of a Native American sun symbol have led Madison officials to consider redesigning the city’s flag, Mayor...

6/18/2017

article Native Americans walk out of Wyoming play with stereotypes
(Wyoming) -- Native American high school students attending a summer program at the University of Wyoming walked out of the college's production of "The...

6/17/2017

article The U.N. Is Moving To Make Cultural Appropriation Not Just Offensive, But Illegal
(Switzerland) -- United Nations delegates are finally addressing an issue that has been pushed by indigenous groups since 2001: cultural appropriation. 189 countries are...

6/13/2017

article Cultural appropriation: Make it illegal worldwide, Indigenous advocates say
(United Nations) -- Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to make appropriating Indigenous cultures illegal — and to do it...

6/6/2017

article Is Madison’s flag offensive?
(Wisconsin) -- Madison’s flag has been heralded as one of the finest city banners. A 2004 survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association ranked...

6/5/2017

article Number of Indigenous art 'knock-offs' for sale in Yellowknife shocks Dene designer
(North Canada) -- A Dene fashion designer from Lutselk'e, N.W.T., is appalled by the number of what she calls Indigenous art "knock-offs" for sale in...

5/31/2017

article Airbnb apologizes for 'Sioux style' teepee ad
(California) -- Native American activists and scholars criticized Airbnb this week after it posted an ad for a "Sioux style" teepee rental on social media....
article Film 'Forget Winnetou!' studies German idealization of Indigenous culture
(Germany) -- "I make pretty good kimchi," Red Haircrow tells me from his apartment in Berlin. "I grew up with Asians -- Chinese/Hawaiins, Koreans…...

5/30/2017

article Airbnb Apologizes For Teepee Ad That Native Americans Said Was Racist
(California) -- Airbnb posts on Facebook and Instagram advertised a "true Sioux" experience, surrounded by "succulents, epic sunsets, and peacocks,"...

5/28/2017

article How wearing a headdress to Coachella ignited a debate about the line between shaming and educating
(California) -- It was supposed to be an ordinary trip to a music festival. And at first, it was. "It was a lot of fun," says Valerie Lemus, "I definitely...

5/27/2017

article Indigenous activists want Dollarama to stop selling dreamcatchers beside Canada 150 items
(Canada) -- Canadian discount retailer Dollarama is coming under fire by indigenous rights activists who are accusing the company of appropriating their culture by...
article Lethbridge high school grads criticized for Cowboys and Indians costume party
(Alberta) -- Before venturing out into the world and becoming adults, students from Chinook High School in Lethbridge, Alta., had a party over the May long weekend,...

5/26/2017

article Native Activists Refuse to Celebrate Canada’s Birthday, Say Commemorative Dream Catchers Are ‘Slap in Face’
(Canada) -- As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, the discount shop Dollarama has a line of kitsch that includes bobble-head moose, patriotic T-shirts and hats...

5/25/2017

article Oregon Country Fair Cancels Fake Native Totem Pole Raising
(Oregon) -- On May 1, the Board of the Oregon Country Fair in Veneta, Oregon voted unanimously to cancel the raising of “Working Together,” a 42-foot tall...
article 2 white women opened a Portland burrito pop-up. It closed after cultural appropriation accusations.
(Oregon) -- A Portland, Ore. burrito shop shuttered a week after being featured in an article, amid accusations of cultural appropriation. Kali Wilgus and Liz "LC...

5/22/2017

article Dollarama dream catcher kitsch ‘a slap in the face’
(Ontario) -- When Jamie McGean recently visited Dollarama, he wasn’t surprised the store was already stocked for Canada’s 150th birthday. But as he walked...
article OP/ED: No, Authors Should Not Be Constrained By Gender Or Race In The Characters They Create
(New York) -- This was the BBC.com headline: Spy Author Anthony Horowitz ‘Warned Off’ Creating Black Character: Author Anthony Horowitz says he was “...

5/21/2017

article OP/ED: Hal Niedzviecki, Here Is Your Award for Propagating Appropriation and Racism
(New York) -- Hal Niedzviecki writes: I don’t believe in cultural appropriation. In my opinion, anyone, anywhere should be encouraged to imagine other peoples,...
article OP/ED: Is Cultural Appropriation Turning Macbeth into a Coke-Snorting Stooge of Imperialist Spies?
(Illinois) -- The notion of ‘cultural appropriation’ has gained much traction in recent years. Like micro-aggressions, safe spaces, toxic masculinity, and...
article Adam Sandler earns rave reviews at Cannes Film Festival
(France) -- It's not every day you hear the name Happy Gilmore referenced at the Cannes Film Festival.

5/19/2017

article Blizzard May Have Clarified Pharah's Controversial Background In Overwatch
(USA) -- Last night, Blizzard teased a new skin for the beloved Overwatch hero Pharah, an Egyptian soldier who, along with her mother, served in the Egyptian military.
article COMMENTARY: Let’s start with what cultural appropriation is not
(Ontario) -- When we were children, my sister and I were bussed to and from separate schools. On the ride home, I would transfer from my bus onto my seven-year-old...

5/18/2017

article BLOG: Dear Fellow Canadian White Authors, Can We Talk?
(Canada) -- This has been a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week for Canlit. I’ve been leaving ranty screeds on Facebook pages belonging to writers I barely...
article Commentary: The emotional exhaustion of debating Indigenous views
(Ontario) -- When a Conservative senator was in the media spotlight two months ago after making controversial comments about the positives of residential school, I tried...
article On Cultural Appropriation, Canadians Are Hypocrites
(Canada) -- Harry and the hendersons is a 1987 fantasy movie about a Seattle family’s encounter with a friendly bigfoot (Harry) and their efforts to protect him...
article Opinion: Cue the eye rolls: this is a piece about cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- When a handful of editors and senior staff in Canadian media took to Twitter last week to seemingly mock Indigenous peoples' concerns with cultural...

5/17/2017

article Chanel says it ‘deeply regrets’ boomerang controversy
(Australia) -- Chanel on Tuesday responded to a controversy about producing a high-priced boomerang featuring the brand’s signature logo after some people...
article 3 Indigenous writers discuss cultural appropriation with CBC's Rosanna Deerchild
(Canada) -- The fallout from the "appropriation prize" controversy in the wake of an editorial published in Write magazine has left many wondering what exactly...
article Steve Ladurantaye, editor of CBC’s ‘The National,’ reassigned after cultural appropriation flap
(Canada) -- Ladurantaye was among those who engaged in a Twitter conversation that was sparked by a contentious magazine article advocating for more cultural...
article When does inspiration cross the line into appropriation?
(Canada) -- Young writers are often told to write what they know. They're told the best place to start, is with their own experience because it's what they'...

5/16/2017

article 'We cannot look to mainstream Canada to support us': Indigenous writers urge communities to reclaim own voices
(Canada) -- Anger, frustration and calls for change continue to pour out of Canada's Indigenous community over a recent editorial that championed the idea of...
article Appropriation prize a 'kick while you're already down' says Indigenous author
(Windsor) -- An editorial introducing the concept of an "appropriation prize" for the author who can best embody the cultural experience of a minority group in...
article The cultural appropriation debate isn't about free speech — it's about context
(Canada) -- It always amuses me how quickly complicated, difficult criticisms from marginalized communities get turned into an issue of "free speech." As if...

5/15/2017

article Chanel is selling a $1930 boomerang and people are not amused
(Australia) -- Q: WHAT do you buy the person who has everything? A: Anything but this $1,930 Chanel boomerang. Because not only will it set you back a mountain of cash,...
article 'I invited these Indigenous writers ... and then I insulted them:' Hal Niedzviecki on appropriation uproar
(Canada) -- Hal Niedzviecki admits he was "trying to push some buttons within the writing community" by penning an editorial about cultural appropriation that...
article An emotional Jesse Wente on the 'remarkable arrogance' of an appropriation prize
(Toronto) -- Indigenous critic Jesse Wente spoke with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's Metro Morning about the mushrooming scandal surrounding an editorial published in...

5/14/2017

article OP/ED: Canada needs a law protecting Indigenous art from appropriation
(Quebec) -- The United States and Australia have laws that protect various Indigenous art forms and symbols from appropriation by people and corporations, by prohibiting...
article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation vs. artistic licence: How far have we really come?
(Ontario) -- A painter's work is equated to "cultural genocide" after she's accused of appropriating elements from Indigenous styles — she says...

5/13/2017

article Editor Resigns Over an Article Defending ‘Cultural Appropriation’
(New York) -- The simmering debate over cultural appropriation took another turn on Wednesday, when the Writers Union of Canada apologized for a magazine editorial...
article OP/ED: Cultural appropriation prize fund was the unkindest cut of all: Paradkar
(Ontario) -- Over-policing of your speech versus over-policing of your body, your existence. Guess which one infuriates supposedly objective Canadian journalists so much...
article OP/ED: On Glibness And Diversity In Canadian Media
(Ontario) -- Working as a writer often feels like walking up to a very thick, resilient brick wall, shaking its hand and saying, “Hi, nice to meet you, I follow...

5/12/2017

article A Bunch of White Canadian Editors Really Love Cultural Appropriation
(Canada) -- This week’s media controversy is a great reminder that the most powerful people in Canadian media are very white. Cultural appropriation should be easy...
article MORON ALERT: High-profile Canadian journalists pledge to raise money for ‘appropriation prize’
(Ontario) -- A contentious article encouraging writers “to imagine other cultures” and to “set your sights on the big goal: Win the Appropriation Prize...
article Opinion: Cultural appropriation: Why can't we debate it?
(Canada) -- I've written and published one novel, and half-written and abandoned others, always because of my own perceived failure of imagination.
article SATIRE: Canadian journalists’ “Appropriation Prize” aims to represent marginalized cultures the way white people imagine them
(Ontario) -- Several high-profile Canadian journalists pledged money on Thursday night toward an “Appropriation Prize” that would reward white, middle-class...

5/11/2017

article Magazine Editor Forced to Resign After ‘Disgusting’ Article Supportive of Borrowing From Other Cultures
(Canada) -- The Writers’ Union of Canada was forced to apologize after it published an article in its magazine encouraging cultural appropriation in Canadian...
article The Casting Of A White Actor As Native Hawaiian Hero Cuts Deeper Than You Think
(Hollywood) -- Prominent filmmakers by now have whitewashed so many roles meant for people of color that the internet doesn’t have time to put down its digital...
article WWII Film Casts White Actor as Native Hawaiian, Critics Accuse Production of Whitewashing
(Hollywood) -- Zachary McGowan will portray Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele—a Native Hawaiian who earned a Purple Heart for his heroics during World War II...

5/10/2017

article Canadian energy drink maker faces backlash from New Zealanders over Maori name and design
(Canada) -- New Zealanders in Canada are speaking out against an energy drink they say appropriates Maori language and culture — and they've got the New...
article Writers' Union of Canada sorry for article encouraging cultural appropriation
(Canada) -- The Writers' Union of Canada apologized Wednesday for an opinion article in the latest issue of its quarterly magazine advocating for more cultural...

5/7/2017

article Debate over cultural appropriation a centuries-old battle for indigenous groups
(Ontario) -- The work of Toronto painter Amanda PL is infused with bright colours and bold outlines often associated with an indigenous art style. But for many of those...

5/4/2017

article 'We erred,' says Toronto mas band after First Nations chief calls costumes 'disrespectful'
(Ontario) -- A Toronto-based masquerade band is apologizing after its costumes for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival portraying Indigenous people prompted accusations of...
article Chief calls for feathered bonnet and First Nations-inspired costumes to be pulled from Toronto Caribbean Carnival
(Ontario) -- A First Nation leader is calling for a stylized Indigenous headdress and outfit be withdrawn from the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which is marking its theme...
article Native Americans Decry Appropriation of Their History, Culture
(Washington D.C.) -- Many cite a 1970s television ad for launching what is today a global movement to save the earth. It featured a Native American in buckskins and...

5/3/2017

article Hollywood and the Native Warrior — an Evolving Story of Stereotypes and Misrepresentation
(California) -- The symbol of the American Indian has long been popular in Hollywood films and television. From the bloodthirsty warriors to the modern hippie Indian of...
article Accused of ‘Ethnocide,’ County Fair Votes Against Native-American-Inspired Story Pole
(Oregon) -- After Native Americans raised concerns about cultural appropriation, the Oregon County Fair has announced it will no longer erect a so-called “Story...

5/2/2017

article Oregon Country Fair Board Axes "Story Pole"
(Oregon) -- After a recent surge of criticism, a Native American-style totem pole will not be installed at the Oregon Country Fair. The Fair Board made its decision...
article Who knew? Crying Indian is not Native American
(USA) -- Who knew? The crying Indian in the early 1970s ant-littering PSA commercial on TV was not Native American after all. This, according to Today I Found Out, the...

5/1/2017

article The Leftovers Gives Us All A Lesson In Cultural Appropriation
(Australia) -- The Leftovers is usually a meditation on grief, death, and faith following the show’s Rapture-like Sudden Departure. But, the grim HBO drama pressed...

4/30/2017

article Toronto gallery cancels show after concerns artist 'bastardizes' Indigenous art
(Toronto) -- Outrage over a Toronto artist borrowing from the style of an acclaimed Indigenous painter has prompted a gallery to cancel its plans for an upcoming exhibit...

4/28/2017

article A Native American called out this Coachella photo and got the most sincere apology
(California) -- Today, you'd be hard-pressed to find a music festival that isn't peppered with cultural appropriation. Everything from bindis to "box braids...
article Leslieville gallery cancels art show over concerns of Indigenous cultural appropriation
(Ontario) -- An art gallery in Leslieville has cancelled an upcoming exhibit after receiving complaints that works by a Toronto artist are offensive to Indigenous people.

4/27/2017

article Coachella Attendee Apologizes for Culturally Appropriating a Native American Headdress
(California) -- Outside of being the pinnacle of festival season and one of the determining factors for summer style trends, Coachella looks have notoriously been...
article BLOG: Missing The Target: Target & BaubleBar’s #StealingNativeCulture Partnership
(USA) -- About a month ago, I wrote a Dear Torrid Letter about Torrid ripping off Navajo culture by selling a knock-off of the iconic Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace.

4/26/2017

article Members of Native American Tribes Say Oregon Country Fair's "Story Pole" Is An Abomination
(Oregon) -- A wood-carved pole at the Oregon Country Fair is receiving pushback from members of Native American tribes. The "story pole" has been in the works...

4/20/2017

article Eskimeaux Change Name After Tanya Tagaq Confrontation
(USA) -- Gabrielle Smith is changing the name of her band Eskimeaux, following accusations by Polaris Prize-winning artist Tanya Tagaq and others that the word “...
article Eskimeaux Changes Name To Ó Following Criticism From Inuk Singer Tanya Tagaq
(New York) -- Brooklyn-based songwriter Gabrielle Smith has decided to change the name of her band, Eskimeaux, following criticism from Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya...

4/18/2017

article Tanya Tagaq pushes U.S. band Eskimeaux to change its name
(Canada) -- Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq has convinced Brooklyn indie band Eskimeaux to swap out its name for one deemed more culturally sensitive. The Polaris Prize-...

4/4/2017

article 'No regard for the violent history of indigenous people': Brooklyn Beckham accused of 'disrespect' over 'meaningless' Native American tattoo
(UK) -- Brooklyn Beckham has come under fire over his 'disrespectful' first tattoo. The forearm inking, which directly mimics his father David's, is an...

4/3/2017

article American Tattoo Like His Dad’s, Comes Under Immediate Fire
(USA) -- On Sunday, Brooklyn Beckham got a new tattoo on his forearm. A day later, he’s fending off charges of cultural appropriation from Instagram users offended...

4/2/2017

article 'And we are done!': Brooklyn Beckham proudly unveils Native American tattoo as he loses his inking virginity
(UK) -- They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And that's clearly true when it comes to Brooklyn Beckham , who followed in his father's footsteps...

3/26/2017

article Newest Adam Sandler Netflix Deal Includes Four New Movies
(California) -- According to the latest from Deadline Hollywood, there is a four-movie extension of the Adam Sandler Netflix contract through his company Happy Madison...

3/23/2017

article BLOG: Valentino didn’t learn anything.
(Rhode Island) -- A couple days ago I went to a TJ Maxx in Massachusetts, and my sister and I were oo-ing and ahh-ing over some gorgeous studded Valentino heels. I...

3/19/2017

article Opinion: Concerns of Cultural Insensitivity at Steele Indian School Park
(Arizona) -- The Lost Lake Festival, a 3-day music festival is coming to the Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix Arizona in October 2017. The Lost Lake Festival was...
article When is cultural appropriation OK? Never, say some Native Americans [audio]
(Washington) -- The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 makes it illegal to knowingly sell non-Native made goods as authentic Native American art or craft. More than 600...

3/7/2017

article BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away
(Canada) -- If you’re reading this, you’re probably already well aware of the walking controversy that is Joseph Boyden. At times it might seem strenuous to...

3/6/2017

article Joseph Boyden: writers must be 'careful' on 'somebody else's turf'
(Canada) -- Acclaimed novelist Joseph Boyden, who has been dogged by controversy in recent months over his heritage and allegations that one of his short stories has...

2/24/2017

article Wear Now: Alanui's Native-American inspired cashmere cardigan
(UK) -- When summer is still a distant prospect and hibernation isn’t an option, reaching for the chicest knitwear you can find is the next best thing. Step...
article Joseph Boyden defends his story against allegations
(Ontario) -- It’s been a tough couple of months for the reputation of celebrated Canadian author Joseph Boyden. First his identity as an indigenous writer was...
article Similarities between Joseph Boyden story and Ojibway healer’s published work trigger questions
(Canada) -- Three Day Road author Joseph Boyden is facing questions over ‘intimate’ similarities found in a passage from one of his short stories and a piece...
article ‘Beyond coincidence’: Short story by Canadian author Joseph Boyden bears similarities to another work
(Saskatchewan) -- A celebrated Canadian author whose indigenous roots came under question this past winter is facing new scrutiny over similarities between a passage in...

2/18/2017

article From New York, to Paris, to D.C.: Native American fashion gains ground, in spite of stolen designs
(New York) -- As Fashion Week came to a close in New York on Wednesday, there were a few new designers showing just under the wire, and they weren’t run of the...
article Seminole Patchwork: Admiration And Appropriation
(Florida) -- Beginning Friday, the New York branch of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian will host the exhibit Native Fashion Now, a traveling...

2/17/2017

article Czech company backs down after using Maori symbols in pokie game
(New Zealand) -- A Czech Republic company has taken down its Maori themed gambling game after accusations of cultural appropriation. The game, titled "Maori",...
article Maori-themed online game removed after protests
(New Zealand) -- A Maori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Maori intellectual property.

2/15/2017

article Māori-themed online game removed by Czech firm after NZ protests over intellectual property
(New Zealand) -- A Māori-themed online gambling game has been withdrawn by its Czech creators after protests that it breached Māori intellectual property. The game,...

2/8/2017

article The Violence of Cultural Appropriation
(New York) -- Let’s talk about cultural appropriation and the art world, and let’s do it without abstraction or recourse to the symbolic. I want to turn...

1/20/2017

article Coppola’s creative take on Native American cooking
(California) -- Oh, what a fuss over fry bread. Poor Werowocomoco, that nice little cafe at Francis Ford Coppola’s new Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville. Even...
article Interview with a dreamcatcher maker
(California) -- Before heading out of O.B. to a gem show in Arizona, Christian Fischer explained how he became a fabricator of dreamcatchers.

1/17/2017

article Opinion: It’s a culture not a costume
(Georgia) -- When the sun sets on Halloween night, ghouls and goblins come alive and trick-or-treaters dress themselves in the costumes and colors of other cultures.
article Against a Feathered Headdress: A Tale of Two Performance Festivals and Native American Voices
(New York) -- Two simultaneous performance events on January 8 revealed the gulf that still exists between certain New York art institutions in their approach to genuine...

1/12/2017

article Nude Artist Performs in Headdress; MoMA Apologizes, Creates Native Program
(New York) -- New York City’s Museum of Modern Art has apologized to the Native American community after attendees at a performance on January 8 were shocked and...

1/6/2017

article Minneapolis artist Rosy Simas protests nude performer wearing 'fake headdress'
(Minnesota) -- Local choreographer Rosy Simas saw a tweet congratulating New York’s American Realness Festival curator Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor for booking a...

12/22/2016

article Is Germany's 'Winnetou' reviving old Hollywood stereotypes?
(Germany) -- None of the Native Americans in the film are played by Native Americans, and Winnetou speaks the wrong language. That may not be controversial in Germany,...

12/18/2016

article BLOG: Racism, Author Accountability, and Nevernight
(Australia) -- This post is about Nevernight specifically my interactions with the author (along with some commentary) and a critique of passages from Nevernight.

12/12/2016

article J.K. Rowling criticized for culturally appropriating Native American culture in history of magic series
(USA) -- J.K. Rowling, acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series, created a multi-part background series on her website, Pottermore, detailing the history of magic in...

12/8/2016

article Opinion: ‘America is all about cultural appropriation’
(Kansas) -- I’d like to say a few words in defense of tacos and the Rolling Stones and your right to offend me. And my right to offend you. This comes up because...

12/5/2016

article How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truths
(Washington D.C.) -- I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the colonization of Pacific Islands is the greatest human adventure story of all time. People...

12/4/2016

article Native American costumes pulled from parade
(New Zealand) -- Up to 100,000 people attended the parade down Riccarton Road, lining the streets to watch the colourful floats and cultural demonstrations.

12/3/2016

article How to Shop for Native Fashion Without Being Culturally Appropriative
(USA) -- Urban Outfitters settled a five-year legal battle with the Navajo Nation last week that arose after the American brand released a line of products that...

11/21/2016

article Urban Outfitters Finally Settled Its Lawsuit With The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Urban Outfitters has resolved its legal battle with the Navajo Nation at long last. Five years ago, the retailer landed in hot water with the Navajo Nation...

11/19/2016

article Urban Outfitters settles with Navajo Nation after illegally using tribe's name
(California) -- Urban Outfitters reached a settlement with the Navajo Nation after illegally using the tribe’s name for a collection that included “Navajo...
article $89 TeePee Now on Sale at Target
(USA) -- Just in time for Native appropriation for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Target is offering a gray and white “Southwestern Teepee” (as described on the...

11/17/2016

article Navajo Nation settles dispute over sale of unauthorized 'Navajo' products
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has reached a settlement with a major fashion retailer that sold "Navajo" products without the tribe's authorization. The...

11/15/2016

article Film Director Francis Coppola Opens Native American-Inspired Restaurant
(California) -- American film director Francis Coppola unveiled his new restaurant, Werowocomoco, located in the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, California....

11/8/2016

article Zack from ‘Saved By The Bell’ apologises for ‘racist’ episode
(Hollywood) -- Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played Zack Morris, has apologised for a ‘racist’ episode of cult ’90s show ‘Saved By The Bell’....

11/5/2016

article Francis Ford Coppola Assailed for ‘Cultural Appropriation’ at Native American Restaurant
(California) -- “Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola’s new California restaurant doesn’t open until Saturday, but it’s already facing...
article Native American activist Adrienne Keene to speak on racism, cultural appropriation Nov. 10
(Colorado) -- Scholar, writer, blogger and activist Adrienne Keene will speak at Colorado State University about indigenous peoples in social media, responding to racism...

11/1/2016

article Native Americans still face racism across the US as Standing Rock protests continue
(USA) -- While Native American protesters were being pepper-sprayed, shot with beanbags and arrested en masse by law enforcement in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on...
article Celeb Halloween Costumes Lend Insult to Injury for Native Americans
(California) -- It seems like every Halloween one minor celebrity causes a social media kerfuffle. Last year, it was dancer and actress Julianne Hough unwisely choosing...
article Horrifying racists mock Native American protesters with #NoDAPL Halloween costumes
(USA) -- While some are using Halloween as an opportunity to make people laugh or pique the interest of a partner, some are using the opportunity to hurl racist insults...
article School's Trail of Tears Banner Apology Marred as Native, Slave, Mexican, Asian Pics Surface
(Ohio) -- In the wake of a “Trail of Tears” banner McClain High School cheerleaders displayed during a football game Friday October 28th against the...

10/31/2016

article DEER: Why your one day as a ‘sexy Indian maiden’ is dehumanizing
(Quebec) -- Sitting down at a sports bar on Saturday, I watched as the Florida State Seminole’s mascot galloped to centre field with a flaming spear in full...
article EXCLUSIVE: Halloween Costumes Blamed For Native American Suicides
(Virginia) -- Halloween costumes are being blamed for Native Americans committing suicide. A flier obtained by MRCTV shows aistm.org, the American Indian Sports Team...
article MIDGE: Politically Correct Alternatives to Culturally Insensitive Halloween Costumes
(USA) -- Have you been thinking about dressing up as Pocahontas, your favorite Disney princess, but feel like it wouldn’t be socially acceptable? Boy howdy, do I...
article NoDAPL Water Protector Halloween Costumes Hit Social Media
(Virginia) -- In the midst of the struggles faced by Native people on the frontlines of NoDAPL, some individuals have taken to social media, posting pictures of...
article Hilary Duff Addresses Native American, Pilgrim Halloween Costume: 'I Am So Sorry to People I Offended'
(California) -- Hilary Duff and new boyfriend Jason Walsh arrived at a Halloween party in Los Angeles Friday night (Oct. 28) in coordinated costumes. The singer dressed...
article Hillary Duff apologises for her Pilgrim costume and her boyfriend’s American Indian Halloween costume
(California) -- Hilary Duff and her boyfriend Jason Walsh attended the Casamigos Tequila Halloween Party in Beverly Hills, California on October 28, 2016 dressed as a...

10/30/2016

article Hilary Duff And Boyfriend Offend With Racist Pilgrim And Native American Costumes
(Hollywood) -- When it comes to former child stars, they either leave Hollywood as a hero or stick around long enough to become problematic.So goes the story of Hilary...
article Native-themed costumes under fire from activists
(Canada) -- Halloween is usually a time of fun for the whole family but Native groups in Montreal are upset over costumes that they are calling racist. “These costumes...

10/26/2016

article Francis Ford Coppola unveils new restaurant in Sonoma County
(California) -- Francis Ford Coppola announced Monday that he will locate his new restaurant at the Virginia Dare Winery in Geyserville, the acclaimed director’s...

10/21/2016

article Spirit Halloween store under fire for Native American-themed costumes
(Kansas) -- At Lawrence’s Spirit Halloween costume store, customers have their pick of spooky outfits. During the lunch hour Friday, shoppers drifted through...

10/19/2016

article Indigenous costumes won't be pulled off store shelves, Spirit Halloween says
(Manitoba) -- Despite repeated calls to stop selling costumes such as "Reservation Royalty," "Indian Warrior" and "Indian Princess" at...
article McCulloch's Costume Co. pulls 'racist' costumes with 'native' or 'Indian' on label
(Ontario) -- London’s iconic costume store pulled all stereotypical indigenous costumes from its shelves Wednesday in response to complaints that they’re...
article Regalia as a costume is insulting, Sask. Indigenous author says
(Saskatchewan) -- A Saskatchewan woman says putting Indigenous regalia into the category of a costume is a huge insult to her Indigenous history and culture.
article Stop selling 'racist garbage,' shop selling Indigenous Halloween costumes told
(Alberta) -- A company with locations across Canada is coming under fire in Edmonton for selling Indigenous-themed Halloween costumes described as "racist garbage....

10/17/2016

article Regina activists place warning labels on Indigenous Halloween costumes
(Saskatchewan) -- Halloween costumes depicting Indigenous women and girls in costume at a Regina store had warning labels thanks to some local activists. Spirit...

10/15/2016

article BLOG: JK Rowling’s Anti-Native ‘Magic’ Racism – And How Authors Can Do Diversity Better
(North Dakota) -- I came to the Harry Potter game late in life, kicking and screaming like the English major and literature snob I thought I was. I razzed the series and...

10/12/2016

article 'Stereotypes are offensive' expert says of 'Native American' costume
(Saskatoon) -- A Saskatoon Halloween store is under fire for selling an Indigenous theme costume, but so too is the young educator and activist who first raised the...
article Halloween store owner says he never meant to offer 'Native American' costume for sale
(Saskatoon) -- The owner of Spirit Halloween says the ‘Native American’ costume that has been criticized by a Saskatoon activist was not meant to be on...

10/11/2016

article Why You Should Say ‘No’ To Indian Costumes For Halloween
(USA) -- You see that cute little Indian costume for sale at a big-box retailer near you. It even has the two pretty black braids and a faux-leather dress. Baby girl...

10/10/2016

article Activist says she was escorted out of Halloween shop for calling out 'Native American' costume
(Saskatoon) -- A high-profile student and activist in Saskatoon says she was kicked out of a pop-up Halloween shop for calling out an offensive costume on sale in the...
article I told my daughter she can’t dress up as a Native American for Halloween. Here’s why.
(USA) -- My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with American Girl dolls. She knows every doll’s name, pet’s name and horse’s name. And she’s...
article White Americans need to stop assuming Native American culture belongs to them, too
(USA) -- James Arthur Ray was at the top of his game in 2009. He’d fashioned himself into a celebrity self-help guru, becoming a darling of the television talk...

9/25/2016

article ASK N NDN: J.K. Rowling’s Take on Native Culture Is Dangerous
(UK) -- J.K. Rowling, with the release of the Ilvermorny School and Magic in North America stories on her website Pottermore, has joined the long list of people who...

9/22/2016

article Disney pulls 'Moana' costumes for children amid cultural appropriation uproar
(California) -- Disney is pulling from sale a number of children’s items tied to its upcoming release “Moana” amid controversy over whether they are...
article Placid scene may replace NY village's controversial logo
(New York) -- A 20-year-old college student's design is being considered to replace an upstate New York village's official logo, which appears to show a white...

9/21/2016

article 'Reservation Royalty,' 'Indian Princess' Halloween costumes hit Winnipeg shelves
(Canada) -- "Reservation Royalty," "Indian Princess" and "Indian Warrior" Halloween costumes being sold in a Winnipeg store are offensive,...
article Saami accuse a Danish jeweler of 'stealing' traditional designs
(Alaska) -- Since 2005, Steen Björvig's firm has produced a line of bracelets fashioned of silvered tin wire and leather, and decorated with such items as gold and...

9/16/2016

article MORON ALERT: Iowa high school basketball team featured on controversial Native American-themed poster
(Iowa) -- Clarke (Osceola, Iowa) High School's mascot is the Indians. That doesn't mean the school should appropriate Native American culture. The Clarke girls...
article Gin takes it on the chin as Inuit complain of images used in sales pitch
(Canada) -- An Inuk journalist originally from North West River says a brand of gin is guilty of cultural appropriation, and even though the company offered up an...
article Native American tribe predicts comet will destroy Earth ‘in the near future’… and so far their predictions have been terrifying accurate
(USA) -- A NATIVE American tribe with a track record of predictions coming true has claimed a comet will destroy Earth “in the near future”. The Hopi tribe...

9/15/2016

article High school basketball poster dubbed 'insensitive'
(Iowa) -- A girls high school basketball team poster is causing a stir in southern Iowa. The poster features the 2016 Clarke basketball team in headdresses and war paint.

9/14/2016

article Author Lionel Shriver dons a sombrero to lament the rise of identity politics in fiction
(Australia) -- Lionel Shriver, the Orange Prize–winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, is turning heads with her latest speech.

9/13/2016

article Native American with a twist as YUMA launches 2017 designs
(Trinidad and Tobago) -- YUMA, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s large costume bands, is going Native American with a touch of Europe, Africa and India for Carnival...

9/10/2016

article Opinion: As Lionel Shriver made light of identity, I had no choice but to walk out on her
(Australia) -- I have never walked out of a speech. Or I hadn’t, until last night’s opening keynote for the Brisbane writers festival, delivered by the...

9/2/2016

article Totem Vodka and Indigenous Cultural Appropriation
(British Columbia) -- Cultural appropriation generally refers to the adoption of traditional practices, objects, or images by a person or group that is not part of the...

8/30/2016

article O’Donnell: Appropriating is the new football
(Iowa) -- In four days, the population of Iowa City will substantially grow as thousands pile into Kinnick Stadium to watch the inaugural kickoff of the 2016 Hawkeye...
article Headdress controversy points to bigger problems, First Nations educator says
(Montreal) -- A Montreal teacher's decision to hand out construction paper headdresses on the first day of classes points to the need for improved awareness and...

8/23/2016

article Concert-goers wearing imitation war paint offensive, poet laureate says
(Nova Scotia) -- Halifax's poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, is speaking out after a group of people attended a A Tribe Called Red concert at the Marquee Club in...

8/18/2016

article Is it ever OK for a white person to wear a feather headdress?
(USA) -- Every year, at music festivals across the country, white people come equipped with flash tats, face paint, sunscreen, bottles full of vodka water and,...

8/5/2016

article Ask N NDN: ‘Hipster School Supplies List’ Trends: Appropriation Comes to Mind
(Virginia) -- Wednesday morning on Twitter saw the trending of the hashtag #HipsterSchoolSuppliesList, to which I immediately thought: Native cultural appropriation.

8/3/2016

article A Navajo Artist Breaks Down His Tribe’s Urban Outfitters Lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo, like many Native American tribes, have a rich cultural history. One great expression of the Southwestern native culture comes through the...

7/26/2016

article Memorial or misappropriation? Strong reaction to Yellowknife art installation
(Northwest Territories) -- A haunting art installation on Yellowknife's Tin Can Hill is proving as controversial as it is mysterious, as residents debate its merits...

7/25/2016

article HILTZIK: Who owns the Crazy Horse strip club trademark? A federal court holds its nose and weighs in.
(California) -- Trademark disputes typically make for yawn-inducing prose, but not when they involve a nationwide battle over strip clubs. More precisely, a nationwide...
article Spiritual Vultures: Films Explore Cultural Appropriation by New Agers
(California) -- “This is a very sacred kiva,” says the late Thomas Banyacya, Hopi Traditional Spokesman, pointing to an ancient sacred site at Casa Rinconada...

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